When it comes to tech employment, there are a few varsity players—California, Virginia, Texas, New York and Florida. But according to the most recent employment report from Dice, other states are getting into the game. Here are the five states that will be growing their tech workforce in the coming months:
- Maryland is leading the growth, up nearly six percent in 2012. Expect to see a rise in demand for tech pros in defense contracting, biotechnology and healthcare services companies.
- In Massachusetts, tech professionals will find more than 3,500 tech job postings on any given day, up 12 percent year over year.
- Minnesota's technology association (mhta) has set its sights are making its state one of the country's top-five technology states by 2020. And the hiring for IT pros in non-tech companies-like retailers, insurance companies and manufacturers—is up and expected to stay there.
- Oregon had a nearly four percent growth in 2012. Its mobile software and open source communities are considered to be world class. Also to be considered: The average tech salary in Oregon is greater than $80,000, and even higher in software and chip development.
- Utah—While the tech workforce isn't huge, other factors boost its growth rate. The state over-indexes in software at close to 1.5 times the national rate, according to Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development. According to Dice, the closer to the application - the faster the growth. Start-up to watch: Domo, a business intelligence company, based in American Fork.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.